Well, we did it—Alex is off to college! He moved into his dorm on Thursday and classes started yesterday. How did it go, you ask?
It was a whirlwind—enough that I *almost* didn’t have time to get sad. There were the final attempts to bubble-wrap him before he left (“Do you want knee pads for your skateboard?”), the parting shots of hard-earned knowledge (“No one empties the lint Continue reading Drop Off #1 in the Books→
Here is a great article by Ron Lieber in the New York Times highlighting things every graduating senior should do, many of which would benefit from some coaching from the adults in their lives. And now I’m off to graduation!
My daughter just forwarded me an email—appending exclamation points and smiley faces—from one of the schools she applied to, saying they’ll be sending out acceptances between March 1 and March 15. She’s nervous about acceptances but excited for her next steps so she was thrilled to learn she’ll get at least one answer really soon. For me, a moment of relief that the answers are coming was quickly replaced by an urgent desire to hit the Pause button on life. Yes, I’m excited for her and yes, I’m confident that she’ll have some good choices. But I also feel like we only have a few more days in the world of Continue reading Hitting Pause→
It’s been a busy few weeks in my world, between the school play, Thanksgiving, our office moving, and more fun stuff like that. So apologies that you haven’t heard more from me lately. Continue reading Budgeting for College→
I get a lot of questions about where we are in the application process. Here’s a quick update:
Following our college tour, she started looking at the applications for the various schools she’s interested in. Even with a pretty basic list– our in-state flagship, an out-of-state Continue reading What We’re Up To→
In our district, only the freshmen started school today so technically it’s still summer vacation at our house. Not that it feels like it since one kid is volunteering at freshman orientation and the other will be at school later for soccer practice. Nonetheless, the National Center for Education Statistics has some back-to-school data to share. Some tidbits: Continue reading Back to School Data→
I received so many questions and comments on my last article about college visits that I wanted to follow up on a couple of items: Why should you make visits a priority and how can you visit a number of schools. The first point I’d make is this: It doesn’t matter which schools you visit. You will learn something that will inform your college selection process Continue reading College Visits Whys & Hows→
Here’s a photo that pretty much sums up what I would turn in if I got that assignment:
My daughter and I recently spent about a week visiting colleges. She’s a rising senior and interested in “away.” So off we went. (Sometimes lately I debate with myself about this Continue reading What I Did This Summer→
Ever wonder why your student is bombarded with not just college information but invitations to high-priced “leadership” camps or “honor societies” or test prep and college counseling services? This article explains what the College Board, the ACT, and other organizations– including colleges who buy the data– do with your student’s info if they complete the voluntary surveys.
As the article points out, these surveys are voluntary, but that point may be lost on 16-year-old first-time test takers who are focused on the exams.
Lately it feels like the Interwebs are loaded with stories about “perfect” kids—4.3+ GPAs, 1400+ SATs—not getting into their first choice schools. Kids are being told that getting into a “good college” is the “best path” to a “good life” so they work hard, hit all the marks they’re supposed to, and then get shut down in the college admissions process. (Scare quotes are deliberate there.) Going into a four-day trip chaperoning the high Continue reading A little off topic today→